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Coyotes Pull Out 4-3 Overtime Win Over Predators

Updated: Apr 27, 2012 10:33 PM CDT
Phoenix Coyotes' Ray Whitney, left, and Martin Hanzal, right, of the Czech Republic, turn to celebrate a goal by Radim Vrbata, as Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne, of Finland, sits on the ice after giving up the goal in the second period. (AP) Phoenix Coyotes' Ray Whitney, left, and Martin Hanzal, right, of the Czech Republic, turn to celebrate a goal by Radim Vrbata, as Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne, of Finland, sits on the ice after giving up the goal in the second period. (AP)

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Ray Whitney scored 14:04 into overtime and the Phoenix Coyotes survived another late goal in regulation to open the Western Conference semifinals with a 4-3 victory over the Nashville Predators on Friday night.

Phoenix was 33-1 when leading after two periods during the regular season, but has struggled to close out playoff games. The Coyotes allowed four tying third-period goals against Chicago in the first round and did it again, giving up Martin Erat's goal on a power play with 4:42 left.

Despite spending most of the third period and overtime in their own zone, the Coyotes won their first second-round NHL playoff game ever when Whitney slipped a backhander between Pekka Rinne's pads after a faceoff in Nashville's zone.

Game 2 is Sunday in the desert.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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